George Anderson, the longtime athletic trainer for the Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders who devised an innovative knee brace that became standard for football players, died last week in Santa Fe, N.M., his daughter Kristi Anderson Ornstein said.
Anderson was the Raiders' original athletic trainer, beginning in 1960, three years before future owner Al Davis came aboard as head coach and general manager.
In 1977, after quarterback Ken Stabler suffered a knee injury, Anderson came up with a double-hinged brace designed to protect the joint from further damage by distributing the impact of hits to the leg above and below the knee itself. The Anderson Knee Stabilizer was widely used not just by quarterbacks but also by linemen seeking to protect the joint yet be free to move about the field.
In recognition of his pioneering work, he was inducted into the National Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame in 1986.